Arlington, VA

A new Mexican-Japanese fusion restaurant backed by a former “Top Chef” star is open for business in Clarendon.

Le Kon started serving up food on Sunday (Sept. 1) at a space located at 3227 Washington Blvd, according to spokeswoman Wendy Gordon. The restaurant replaces the short-lived Park Lane Tavern on the ground floor of the Beacon at Clarendon apartment building.

The eatery will be the first D.C. location for chef Katsuji Tanabe, who appeared on the Bravo program back in 2014 and has since opened restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Its menu promises seafood-themed small plates, taco platters and entrees from a “Sonora-style grill.”

Gordon says Le Kon will start serving brunch this Sunday (and will eventually offer it on both days of the weekend), and is offering happy hour deals from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The restaurant has space for around 200 seats, and will offer an outdoor patio as well.

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